Princess Royal commemorates Dundee’s WWI seamen

The Princess Royal has attended engagements in Dundee and Arbroath, following her trip to China.

Princess Anne, here with The Earl of Dalhousie, attended a service to remember the men and women of Dundee who lost their lives in WWI. (Phil/@phil4theferry)

In Dundee yesterday, Princess Anne unveiled a memorial at St Mary’s Church to remember men and women of the area who lost their lives at sea during the First World War. The service was attended by Dundee’s Lord Provost, Ian Borthwick and more than 100 people, including relatives of those who served during the Great War.

The Lord Provost paid tribute to the fallen, remarking that some “have no memorial except the sea…and who served and died so we may live.”

Princess Anne then unveiled a brass and cherrywood plaque that bears the inscription: ‘In abiding memory of the seamen and women of Dundee who served in the Great War 1914-1919 and of those who gave their lives for their country and their freedom.’

A roll of honour is also placed in St Mary’s, with a second in the City Chamber, listing the names of 600 men and women who died.

The service concluded with the last post and a prayer of dedication.

The memorial and rolls of honour were the idea of Hugh MacRae, a contributor to the online Scottish war memorials commemoration project, who discovered during his research that Dundee had no permanent memorial to the First Wold War seamen of all services.

The Princess Royal then went onto the famous fishing port of Arbroath. She was there to visit RR Spink & Sons who hold the Royal Warrant as fishmongers to The Queen.

RR Spink, who are part of the Dawnfresh Seafoods Group, have just opened a £3.1 million expansion to the Arbroath site, and endorsed by the RSPCA Assured for their farmed trout, reared in a way that mimics those in which they would live in the wild and meet the highest welfare standards.

There have again been very few photos of the engagements; take a look at local news articles for photos here.

The Princess, who has recently been appointed the Prime Warden of The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, was introduced to staff before being given a tour of the facility by company chairman Alastair Salvesen.

Mr Salvesen said: “We grateful that Her Royal Highness has come to see for herself how the fish we supply to Her Majesty and her guests is sourced, prepared, processed and packed to the highest standards. High quality seafood is something for which Scotland is famous around the world.

“RR Spink have been part of that story for more than 300 years and at Dawnfresh we are very aware of the responsibility this history brings.

“We are already one of the largest employers in Arbroath and this expansion and modernisation of the site has raised our facilities and equipment to a very high standard.

“This and our determination to the training all our employees, will enable us to grow our business significantly for the next 300 years.”

During the tour, Princess Anne was shown how products were made from the fresh ingredients arriving at the factory to the end product being despatched to food outlets across the country.

Before leaving The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the new facility.

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